Kedara Gowri Viradam
Even though most Tamilians in Mauritius celebrate Deepavali grandly, there are quite a lot who also observe on the day of Deepavali, precisely the Amavasyai day of Deepavali, the famous Nombu or Kedara Gowri Nombu.
The Kedara Gowri Nombu is a 21-days fasting period during which vows (Viradam/Vratham) are taken to propitiate Lord Shiva in his form of Kedareshwara along with Gowri (Parvati), his inseparable consort.
MYTHOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF NOMBU
It is said that once, Bhringi Maharishi, a great Shiva Bhakta went to Kailasha to worship Lord Shiva. Upon reaching Kailasha, Bhringi sawBhringi, with three legs, worshipping Shiva and ParvatiBhringi, with three legs, worshipping Shiva and Parvatithe effulgent forms of Shiva and Uma sitting together. But to Bhringi, Uma or Sakti was unimportant as he was of the opinion that only Shiva mattered and he had vowed to worship non other than Shiva. Therefore, he proceeded to worship and circumambulate only Shiva, leaving Parvati aside. Angered by this fact and to teach Bhringi a lesson, Sakti withdrew herself from Bhringi’s body. Immediately, Bhringi was left practically lifeless and reduced to a skeleton. As he could not stand, he prayed deeply to Lord Shiva and the Lord gave him a third leg to support his body. Sakti, now wanted to be permanently an inseparable part of Lord Shiva so that the whole of creation might understand the truth behind her relationship to Shiva. To achieve this, she fasted and took vows (Vrathams/ Viradams) during 21 days. She performed severe austerities and penances. Finally the forms of Lord Shiva and Sakti merged ,to form ‘Ardhanarishvara’. The name Ardhanarishvara means “the Lord who is half woman.” Thus Shiva and Sakti were fused as one whole entity, inseparable and interdependent….(Read More)